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Western Engineering doctoral students earn Vanier scholarship  
Five University of Western Ontario students have been selected as Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship winners - Canada's most prestigious scholarship for doctoral students - including Lindsay Mathew (Biomedical Engineering, CIHR) and Federico Berruti (Chemical Engineering, NSERC).
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Three Western Engineering faculty members inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering
What do a leader, a power systems specialist, and a nuclear power plant expert all have in common? They are among forty-eight new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
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Christian Lassonde Scholarship awarded  
Jiemi Gao, a second-year Chemical Engineering student received the 2009 Christian Lassonde Scholarship, valued at $10,000.
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Journal editorship returns to Western  
Engineering professor Mike Bartlett has been appointed co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering for a five-year term. The founding editor of the publication, which published its first issue in 1974, was Western’s Alan Davenport, best known for groundbreaking work in wind engineering. A special journal issue will be published in Davenport’s honour, likely in 2011. Bartlett has been associate editor of the journal since 2004.

Iron ring for ‘the girl with the cool dog’  
Staring at the iron ring on her pinkie finger, Jennifer Francis sees much more than a piece of metal – it symbolizes a journey of struggle and triumph.
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Western's Formula Racing Teams places 5th at California Race  
Watch videos, view pictures, and read a blog from Western's Formula Racing Team regarding their big win in California.
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Research News

Equipment donation enhances wireless research at Western
A long-standing supporter of Canadian university research, Rohde & Schwarz Canada recently donated equipment valued at approximately $61,000 to Western Engineering’s Laboratory of Emerging Communication Systems. This donation will support Electrical Engineering professor Xianbin Wang’s research on cognitive and adaptive communication techniques for healthcare and multimedia applications.
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Teeny, tiny fibres a giant breakthrough  
Imagine a day when your spinal cord, heart valve or a tendon can regenerate itself after an injury or disease. Scientists, led by University of Western Ontario biochemical engineer Wankei Wan, are one step closer to making that a reality by using our own tissues to heal wounds.
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WIF helps commercialization of research  
Jesse Zhu, Particle Technology Research Centre / Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and his co-applicant/collaborator George Nakhla, Chemical & Biochemical/Civil & Environmental Engineering have been recognized with a Western Innovation Fund award to help bring their work out of the lab and closer to commercialization.
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World-renowned Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology looks to call London home  
The world-renowned Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology is looking to land in London, with The University of Western Ontario signing a memorandum of understanding that would see the development of a joint project - the International Composites Research Centre (ICRC).
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Civil engineering professor talks flood control and risk management with China Radio International  
Professor Slobodan Simonovic from Western’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering spoke with Nigel Ballard in Beijing about flood control and risk management to help better manage water resources in China, and around the world.
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Is your home tornado-proof?  
Everybody talks about tornadoes, but nobody does anything about protection. Civil engineering professor Gregory Kopp believes we can save homes from the destruction of a tornado with low-cost add-ons such as wind-resistant nails, which are shaped like screws, or hurricane straps, thin pieces of metal that hold the roof in place.
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Western Engineering

Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies

Hesham El Naggar has agreed to serve another 5 year term as Associate Dean. The position has been revised to focus on Research and Graduate Studies. He has also earned a well deserved one year research leave beginning July 1, 2010, so his new term will start July 1, 2011. Miriam Capretz has kindly agreed to be Acting Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) for one year, effective July 1, 2010.

Changes in the Dean's Office

Christina MacDonald's office has moved to SEB 2003B. Sarah Williams is now located in SEB 2003C. Jan Millette can be found in Christina MacDonald's old office in SEB 2008.


Western Engineering is excited to welcome four new staff members to the Faculty of Engineering:

Patrycja Galka joined the Particle Technology Research Centre in the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering on June 1 as a Research Assistant working with Professor Jesse Zhu’s team.

Kelly Sexsmith joined the Career Services team on July 19 as the Coordinator, Engineering Career Services.

Paul Sheller will join the Financial Services Team on July 26 as the Procurement/Stores Assistant.

Lyle McLean will join the IT Group on August 1 as the Systems Support Specialist.


Western Engineering sends best wishes to two IT staff members who started their retirement in May 2010:

Barry Kay, Associate Director retired on May 20.

Dave Schuyler, Senior Systems Specialist retired on May 31.

In Memoriam

Postdoctoral scholar Ken (Kar Ho) Wong was killed May 13 following a collision on Highway 401 near Woodstock.

Founding faculty member of Western Engineering Edwin Nowak died May 20 in Burlington at the age of 77.

Western alumnus and Royal Canadian Regiment Colonel Geoff Parker was killed May 18 in Afghanistan.

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